• David Zimmerman

    Thanks so much for posting of the conversion. I also purchased this set and was curious about adding sound but with the limited space in the loco I doubted a speaker could be a added to it. However, it seems like you did what I did with the very small Bachman 4-4-0 American where there as no room for either a decoder or a speaker — I put the decoder in the first car — however no sound at this point. I’m curious in the HW, did you continue to use the NEM connector in the local and simply run wires to a speaker in the first car? That would mean running the two speaker wires from the loco to the first car. Whether you did or didn’t, if you took any photos of that part of the process, and how you solved the problem, I’d be most grateful.

    • Hi David, thanks for the comment.
      I installed everything for sound in the first car, there is no cabling between locomotive and car, and no cabling between cars (all my personal experiences in that respect is that it’s ugly, hard to do…and impractical).
      The locomotive has a standard DCC decoder. For the sound car I added a cheap function decoder with a SUSI interface + a SUSI sound module, and of course a speaker. I used the Doehler & Haass FH05A+SH10A combination, cause it gives good results for a low price. But any sound option you’d like would work.
      In fact, the most annoying this with this train is actually to install power feeders on the car wheels…

      • David Zimmerman

        Good morning Pierre and thanks again for the information and very interesting details about he sound. In order to control the sound then, do you treat the sound decoder as a part of a consist with the local controller? I’m not familiar with the using a separate controller for sound and would appreciate your experience on making it work. Thanks again!

        • Glad to be of help David!
          Yes, you could use the sound car decoder as a consist with different addresses. In this specific case however, my Henschel-Wegmann will always be attached as a convoy; so I have simply programmed both the locomotive decoder (DH05C) and the sound car function decoder (FH05A) with the exact same DCC address.

          What’s important if you go for such a solution (totally separate decoder for the sound car), is to choose 2 decoders from the same brand for both the locomotive and the sound car. This is because all the driving settings (such as speed curve, min speed, max speed) must ideally be exactly the same on both decoders. This way, the decoder of the sound car behaves exactly as the locomotive decoder: it has no motor attached, but it sends the appropriate sound commands to the sound module via the SUSI interface.

          • David Zimmerman

            Thanks such much Pierre. I’ll let you know how i make out. Dave

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